The History of Adam and the Case for Prehistoric Humans in the Scripture and Ḥadīth

بسمه تعالى Current scientific literature dates the appearance of modern human species, namely the Homosapiens, to anywhere between 65,000[1]-300,000[2] years ago.[3] Do these findings contradict religious teachings about the creation of Adam (p)? In answering this question, I will present two potential scenarios: A. Adam as the first member of the Homosapiens. B. Adam asContinue reading “The History of Adam and the Case for Prehistoric Humans in the Scripture and Ḥadīth”

Answering some objections: On holding the beard and swaying the finger in the supplication of Rajab (2)

بسمه تعالى My good friend, Sayyid Ali Imran, produced an article providing new insights into the supplication of Rajab as well comments and observations on some of the arguments I made in my earlier writing about this matter. In this piece – with the help of God – I will cover his comments and tryContinue reading “Answering some objections: On holding the beard and swaying the finger in the supplication of Rajab (2)”

On holding the beard and swaying the finger in the supplication of Rajab

In this writing, I will discuss: whether swaying the finger is part of the supplication of Rajab whether the gestures should be performed from the beginning or only at the end provide explanations for these symbolic gestures Before the above, I present a short introduction on the nature of taʿabbudiyāt[1] in religion and our interactionContinue reading “On holding the beard and swaying the finger in the supplication of Rajab”

Further Thoughts on “The Halal of Muhammad Will be Halal Until the Day of Judgement”

Introduction: Statements and laws issued by the Prophet (and for that matter any another of the maʿṣūmīn) fall into at least three categories: Hukm Sharʿī (religious laws, laws of Islam): what was issued from him qua the Messenger of God, such as the issuance of the obligation of prayers and fasting. Hukm Wilāyī (governmental laws):Continue reading “Further Thoughts on “The Halal of Muhammad Will be Halal Until the Day of Judgement””

Why do Prophets and Imāms ask for forgiveness if they are infallible from sin?

This dilemma puzzled me as a child: from one side, we are taught that Prophets and Imams did not commit any sins and from the other we read of their conversations with God that are filled with deep regret, sincere repentance and heart felt desire for the Almighty to forgive their sins. They are eitherContinue reading “Why do Prophets and Imāms ask for forgiveness if they are infallible from sin?”

Salvation of non-Muslims in the view of contemporary Imami scholars

In this writing, I will present the views of Imam Khomeini, Shahid Mutaharri and Sayyid Munir al-Khabbaz on this matter. Imam Khomeini (d. 1989): Deficient disbelievers (qāṣir) are those who did not subscribe to God’s religion because external factors outside their control prevented them from doing so. These factors range from living in a closedContinue reading “Salvation of non-Muslims in the view of contemporary Imami scholars”

An inquiry into the possibility of ‘ilm al-ghayb (unseen knowledge)

(Reading time: ~10 minutes) With the grace of Allah (s), we will cover the following headings (click to navigate): Defining ‘ilm al-ghayb The problem of ‘ilm al-ghayb in the Qurʿān The problem of ‘ilm al-ghayb in traditions The scope of ‘ilm al-ghayb The incompatibility of ‘ilm al-ghayb with Prophets/Imāms not avoiding death Sections 2 andContinue reading “An inquiry into the possibility of ‘ilm al-ghayb (unseen knowledge)”